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BXW0550

Blue Ox BXW0550 SwayPro Weight Distributing Hitch – 7 Hole Shank

The BXW0550 includes the standard coupler hitch head, Standard shank with a 7 Hole/9″ receiver stinger with 0″ to 5″ adjustment, clamp-on brackets, and spring bars rated for 550 lbs. tongue weight.

Also available in these tongue weights:


If your trailer has a coupler that is welded to the top of the frame, and your trailer does not have cross-members on the tongue or equipment blocking, this SwayPro™ model will work for you.

Use a tongue scale to determine your tongue weight after your trailer is fully loaded.

Features

  • Evenly distributes weight over axles of the tow vehicle and trailer
  • Noise-free sway prevention never stops working, even in rain or snow
  • Caster in the hitch head constantly centers the trailer
  • Spring bars augment the suspensions of the tow vehicle & trailer
  • Rotating latches with clamp-on brackets for quick and easy setup
  • Powder-coated steel construction

Stop Sway Before It Starts

Trunnions on each side of the Swaypro™ hitch head employ a caster effect, working with spring bars, to constantly push inward, keeping the trailer in line.

Why Do You Need a Weight Distributing Hitch?

A weight distribution hitch does just what the name says — it evenly distributes the weight of your payload. It works by using adjustable spring bars and tension to distribute the load of the trailer tongue to the trailer and the tow vehicle axles.

What Does Trailer Tongue Weight Mean?

The tongue weight is the static force the trailer tongue exerts on the hitch ball. For instance, if a 2,000-pound conventional trailer is loaded with 1,000 pounds of cargo, the proper tongue weight of the loaded trailer should be between 300 and 450 pounds, or 10-15 percent of the loaded 3,000 pound total. A tongue scale will confirm actual tongue weight.

How Much Can You Tow?

If your receiver hitch is rated for use with weight distribution, the weight distribution system will allow you to tow at the maximum capacity of the receiver hitch. Weight distribution doesn’t “increase” your receiver’s capacity so much as it allows the hitch to be used at its maximum capacity.

Generally, most people who choose to tow something try to keep the total weight at around 80 percent of their vehicle’s maximum towing capacity. This is the best way to make sure you don’t cause damage to your vehicle or increase the potential for accidents or difficulty hauling the trailer.

What Happens if You Tow More Than Capacity?

Max towing capacity should not be taken lightly. Exceeding what your vehicle is designed to tow can strain your engine and transmission, accelerate brake wear, damage your tires, and even warp your chassis. This could in turn trigger catastrophic failure while driving and could lead to property damage or serious injury.

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